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Older Adults: Resources & Publications

White House Conference on Aging—Phoenix, Arizona
On March 31, 2015, the White House Conference on Aging-Phoenix Regional Forum was convened to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and national experts on key issues affecting older Americans. Additional Listening Sessions were held in Casa Grande, Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation, Tucson, and Yuma to capture statewide dialogue and input. The Phoenix Regional Forum and Listening Sessions were convened to inform and provide ideas for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C.

Building an Encore Community: Lessons Learned from Maricopa County
Published by, this report captures the great momentum of Maricopa County’s encore movement and highlights model programs that engage experienced adults/encore talent in social purpose work.

100th Arizona Town Hall Report-Civic Engagement
Civic engagement includes more than just involvement with the political process; it also includes how individuals participate in the life of a community and how they come together for a public purpose. Written by Carol Kratz and Karen Leland, chapter 19 focuses on older adults and civic engagement. View Chapter 19.
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Connect 60 Plus
Maricopa Association of Governments and its partners formed the Regional Age-Friendly Network. The purpose of the network is to connect people of all ages to each other and to the communities they call home.  These connections improve the quality of life for all residents, as well as strengthen the vibrancy of the region.

Champions Aging in Community
Developed by Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), this booklet documents aging in place guidelines and success stories in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Storytelling Best Practices: Websites
A free e-book that showcases the best in online storytelling by nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, educational and cultural institutions.

Civic EngagementDeveloped by Piper Trust’s program, evaluation and communication staff , this publication presents  Piper’s strategies, projects and lessons learned in civic engagement grantmaking.

Maricopa County Adult Survey On Volunteerism and Career Changes
This study was commissioned by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. The primary purpose of this effort was to better understand Maricopa County adults’ attitudes about volunteerism and career changes.

RespectAbility: Strategic Metrics and Results Tracking, Maricopa County
A report from the National Council on Aging shows data on the RespectAbility program in Maricopa County. Begun in 2007, the program funded 10 pilot projects to demonstrate how nonprofits can recruit, train and employ volunteers to forward aspects of the organization’s mission.

Making Experience Matter in the Second Half of Life
A report from Civic Ventures presents results from The Next chapter Initiative in Maricopa County from 2003-2007. The Next Chapter concept calls on communities to create new institutional approaches or adapt existing ones to help adults make the transition to a new productive life phase. Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust funded four programs in Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe to provide support and community connections for ongoing learning, development and contribution to society.

Falls Are Preventable
A publication for Valley agencies to distribute to their clients, this brochure provides tips to help older adults adopt healthy habits and take precautions to avoid falling. Developed by the Piper Trust and printed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Available in Spanish.
November 2005, Reprinted 2010

Blueprint for the Next Chapter
The Next Chapter Initiative is based on the belief that access to meaningful choices for work, service, learning and social connections plays a crucial role in the vitality of older adults and will enrich the life of the community. This blueprint is a follow-up to the Life Options Blueprint and provides concrete examples from Next Chapter projects in Maricopa County and around the country.
May 2005

Life Options Blueprint
Published by Civic Ventures and Libraries for the Future, this blueprint evolved from the work of the Maricopa County Commission on Productive Aging. It provides the initial strategies to help communities create places and programs that marry productive aging with civic engagement. A follow-up publication, the Next Chapter Blueprint, offers more detailed examples from other successful projects.
March 2003

Advantage Visiting Nurses Survey Presentation
Piper Trust commissioned the Visiting Nurses Services of New York and Westat to survey Medicare recipients in Maricopa County to understand the needs and the challenges of the county’s older adult population.
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